Smart remarks have a long shelf life
August 27, 2008 · Updated 8:55 PM
I could swear that in one of her television campaign ads, Darcy Burner, the Democrat running against U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, referred to the president as Georgie Bush. After that had run a few times, I noticed that she was now saying George. The technicians probably just nipped that second syllable out without having to re-film.
Someone apparently reminded her that one of the things that cost former Gov. Al Rosellini the election when he tried to return by taking on Gov. Dan Evans was his calling him Danny Boy during a television debate. Voters were furious. It wasnt that they were so crazy about Evans, they didnt like their governor to be ridiculed.
On the other hand, I liked what UPI reporter Eldon Barrett wrote about Rosy. The governor always gave out printed copies to reporters in advance of his speeches but you had to pay attention to what he said in quoting him because he never stuck to the exact copy. The reporter referred to him as a textual deviate. Eldon was a helluva writer.
But things have gotten worse in the years since the opposition to Nixon sent a bunch of pregnant women to a Nixon public event carrying signs that read, Nixons the One.
Remember when the first President Bush glanced at his watch during a TV debate and was blasted in print and on the air as bored with it all, thereby disinterested in what the people wanted to know? Someone brings that up every once in awhile.
Ive been on a lot of panels as a member or a questioner, and I couldnt have done it without a watch. You have to know how much time is left so you can decide the order of importance for what you are prepared to ask or discuss.
Bush was criticized because he didnt know the price of a loaf of bread. Why should he? He probably hasnt bought a loaf of bread since he was an ensign and a newlywed. He also was laughed and scoffed at when he referred to son George in his pre-president campaign days as our boy. What made that laughable? Many parents say our boy: just as our men in uniform are referred to as our boys.
Too smart remarks have a long shelf life. Like James Carvilles characterization of a woman who claimed Clinton raped her: Its amazing what you can get if you drag a $10 bill through a trailer park. Or was it a $20? Carvilles wife, Mary Matalin, by the way, was the speaker discussing the North Korean situation at a National Review dinner party and told the guests we had to be worried about a hard drinking, odd looking 63-year old man who was once a party guy and could go nuclear at any minute. My God, I just described my husband.
To get back to Georgie, the reason the U.S. and our president are so denigrated throughout the world is because the Ds and the mainstream media have heaped such scorn and abuse on Bush that it led to the inevitable conclusion abroad if he is so despised here, he doesnt deserve the respect of other nations.
Democrats, according to a Washington Post story, are digging up and dumping out any dirt they can find about Republican candidates, from DUI arrests 30 years ago (Rep. John Sweeney of New York) to accusations of being a womanizer (Rep. Mike Ferguson of New Jersey), Remember, they have about 800 FBI files to work from that President Clinton obtained and let the Democratic National Committee copy.
God, I hate what politics does to people. The only profession that is dirtier is dumping Porta Potties.
Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, WA 98340.